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July 12, 1976

The Patient Package Insert

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1976;236(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270020015013

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To the Editor.—  I have followed with interest the letters concerning the use (or lack of it) of patient package inserts in the March 8 (235:1003,1976) and previous issues of JAMA.In the March 8 issue, I was struck by the timely ring of Dr Aring's quotation of Justice Cardozo in his commentary (p 1013)—coming as it did, just a few pages after the "insert" discussion: "Justice Cardozo said that there is an accuracy that defeats itself by overemphasis of details, and that one must permit oneself, quite advisedly and deliberately, a certain margin of misstatement."With the possible substitution of "understatement" for "misstatement," do you suppose it might have some relevance to this "insert" controversy?